If there's one thing that's close to being as scary as the recent string of robberies at the Sterling Central, now The Marquee, apartment complex, it would definitely be Orlando drivers.
Now, a string of robberies and burglaries is on a bit of a different scale than the kind of crazy driving we see around town, but I still say that driving in Orlando is definitely up there on the scale of terrifying things affecting everyone's safety in the 407.
For one thing, I usually have to play the guessing game at when people around me are going to turn, because they don't seem to know what a turn signal is or how to use it. You know, the little stick near your dashboard that you usually flip up or down to indicate to other people which way you're planning to turn, or what lane you want to switch into? (The drivers who basically cut you off by sliding into your lane without any warning and cause you to brake suddenly are the best.)
And then there are the brake tappers. These drivers seem to favor the brake pedal over the gas pedal. One moment you're cruising down Alafaya Trail, and the next moment the brake lights of the car in front of you come on and you're forced to tap (or slam on) your brakes in return. Fender bender, anyone?
Then there's rush hour, which is also a pretty terrible time to be driving, especially if you're taking East Colonial Drive. There are so many lights and so much traffic trying to get through these lights that each intersection backs up pretty quickly.
This introduces the drivers who are so anxious to get through an intersection — when it's already backed up — that they actually end up blocking the intersection. I've had to wait through many green lights simply because drivers going in different directions ended up blocking the intersection, completely uncaring of the inconvenience they've clearly caused for everyone else.
Is it really so hard to take a second to flip on that turn-signal switch and let people know where you plan to go next? Can you spare an extra few minutes waiting at that light so as not to block the intersection and cause a safety hazard for others? (It'll clear up by the time it's your turn again, I promise.) And it would be really nice if everyone could be a bit more cautious when transitioning from gunning the gas to breaking out those brakes.
Put simply, you're operating a motor vehicle on open roadways with hundreds and even thousands of other vehicles, each one with a place to go. Do your part, drive on the defense and help make sure everyone — including yourself — gets to their destination safely.